Fathers’ brains adjust their structure and function to parenthood.
Neuroscientists know that pregnant mothers’ brains change in ways that appear to help with caring for a baby. Now researchers have identified changes in new fathers’ brains, too.
In deep brain stimulation, electrodes – the pale white lines – are implanted into a patient’s brain and connected to a battery in a person’s chest.
Deep brain stimulation and trasncranial magnetic stimulation treat mental illness by sending electrical currents into parts of the brain. Every new patient provides researchers with a wealth of information. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
We found being a night owl increased the risk of having behavioural problems and delayed brain development in later adolescence.
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During adolescence the brain experiences two opposing tendencies: its capacity for control is not fully developed but the reward system is very active.
We hope our work can help shape building planning and design. That could be classrooms that help us concentrate, or hospital waiting rooms that reduce our anxiety.
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The words indicating colours that are available in our mother tongue influence the way we perceive and differentiate colours. Does this mean that language determines our thinking?
Axolotls are a model organism researchers use to study a variety of topics in biology.
Axolotls are amphibians known for their ability to regrow their organs, including their brains. New research clarifies their regeneration process.
Rhesus macaques experience an aging process similar to people’s.
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Nonhuman primates like rhesus monkeys share certain characteristics with people that may make them better study subjects than mice for research on neurodegenerative diseases.
Barristers may be set to swap their wigs for electroencephalograms.
Neurotechnology could mean law firms soon track ‘billable units of attention’ rather than billable hours.
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Horizontal number lines are often the default option – but our brains may process numbers more quickly in a vertical arrangement.
Do your eyes play a role in where you look in your dreams?
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Why your eyes move during the REM stage of sleep has puzzled scientists for years. Researchers measured mice brains to look for a possible explanation.
What we eat matters, and having just the right amount of essential nutrients is key to our overall health.
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Diets high in fat, sugar and processed foods are associated with higher calorie intake, poorer memory and lower cognitive function.
Fly brains can process images very quickly.
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Why is it so difficult to swat a fly? A team of insect experts explains how a fly’s sophisticated vision allows it to quickly react to visual cues.
Some scientists believe the ‘free energy principle’ can explain the behaviour of all living things – but others say it paints the world with too broad a brush to be useful.
The U.S. BRAIN Initiative seeks to elucidate the connection between brain structure and function.
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From figuring out where memories are stored to how sensory information translates to behavior, new technologies are helping neuroscientists better understand how the brain works.
Epilepsy is characterized by spontaneous and recurrent seizures, often triggered by stress or visual stimuli.
Our team studied the activity of neurons in people with epilepsy. Neurons in the brain regions responsible for triggering seizures were much less diverse.
If you want to build a true artificial mind, start with a model of human cognition.
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To build a true artificial mind, first map out how thinking works. Enter the Common Model of Cognition.
The key to understanding how brains can recover from trauma is that they are fantastically plastic – meaning our body’s supercomputer can reshape and remodel itself.
They are soaking up everything your say.
Babies who remain in silence hours after birth have different brains to those who listen to sounds.
Advances in artificial intelligence and technology have allowed researchers to better explore the mechanisms behind neurostimulation.
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Existing brain connections may influence the effectiveness of neurostimulation. Tailoring treatments to each individual brain could expand the number of conditions brain stimulation can treat.